S/4406 Antique Treen 19th Century Walnut Barrel made from the Timber from HMS Eurydice
An interesting walnut barrel, with a fitted lid and acorn finial, made from the ship's timber of the frigate HMS Eurydice. The body has four bands to the top and base and a centered painted cartouche in blue and gold, titled Eurydice, with indistinct wording under. She was lost off the Isle of Wight in 1878. The Eurydice was a very fast 26 gun Royal Navy Frigate built in 1842 in Portsmouth and converted into a training ship in 1861, and refitted in Portsmouth in 1877. Whilst returning from Bermuda she was caught in a heavy storm off the Isle of Wight on the 24th March and capsized and sank. Only two of the ship's 319 crew survived. She was refloated but was broken up the same year. She was a victim of one of Britain's worst peacetime naval disasters and the phantom ship Eurydice has been sighted frequently by sailors over the years. The whole has a good medium colour and retains a patination.
6 in. (15 cm.) High
3½ in. (9 cm.) Diameter English Circa 1878